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The 2008 FA Cup Final was a football match held at Wembley Stadiummarker on 17 May 2008 and was the final match of the 2007–08 FA Cup competition. The match was the 127th FA Cup Final, and the second to be held at the new Wembley Stadium since its redevelopment. The match was contested by Portsmouth and Cardiff City, with Portsmouth winning 1–0. This was the first time that the two sides have ever met in the competition, as both teams were aiming to win the FA Cup for the second time, Cardiff having won it in 1927 and Portsmouth in 1939. Had Cardiff won, they would have been the first club from outside the top division of English football to have won the competition since West Ham United in 1980.

The winning team received £1 million in prize money. As in the past few years, the players voted Player of the Round in every round from the First Qualifying Round to the Semi-finals will be present and given VIP hospitality for themselves and a guest. Although Cardiff City are considered a Welshmarker club and only hold associate membership with the Football Association, should they have won the 2008 FA Cup they would have been allowed to compete in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup.

It enabled Portsmouth to qualify for European competition for the first time in their history.

The FA announced that, before the game began, the Welsh national anthem, "Land of My Fathers" ( ) would be played, along with the traditional "God Save the Queen" and "Abide with Me". The Welsh anthem was sung by Katherine Jenkins, while Lesley Garrett sang "God Save the Queen", and the two duetted on "Abide with Me".

Team news

Cardiff decided to leave veteran striker Robbie Fowler out of the squad as he had only just recovered from injury. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink started on his own up-front, supported by winger Paul Parry. Aaron Ramsey became the second youngest player, at 17 years and 143 days, to appear in an FA Cup Final when he came off the bench to replace Peter Whittingham on the hour mark, only 24 days older than Curtis Weston was for Millwall in 2004.

Jermain Defoe was cup-tied for Portsmouth having played in the third and fourth rounds for Tottenham Hotspur in January. Consequently, Nwankwo Kanu,who was looking to win The FA cup for the third time(the other two wins were as an Arsenal FC player), played as a lone striker, with support from a five-man midfield of Niko Kranjcar, John Utaka, Pedro Mendes, Lassana Diarra and Sulley Muntari. Sol Campbell, Glen Johnson and David James were the only three English players in the starting line-up, with Campbell looking to win the FA Cup for the third time (he had won the competition twice as an Arsenal player).

Match details

GK 1 Peter Enckelman
RB 2 Kevin McNaughton
CB 12 Roger Johnson
CB 6 Glenn Loovens
LB 3 Tony Capaldi
RM 16 Joe Ledley
CM 4 Gavin Rae
CM 10 Stephen McPhail (c)
LM 7 Peter Whittingham
CF 36 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
CF 11 Paul Parry
GK 13 Michael Oakes
DF 5 Darren Purse
MF 18 Trevor Sinclair
MF 30 Aaron Ramsey
FW 20 Steven Thompson
Dave Jones
GK 1 David James
RB 5 Glen Johnson
CB 15 Sylvain Distin
CB 23 Sol Campbell (c)
LB 7 Hermann Hreiðarsson
DM 6 Lassana Diarra
RM 17 John Utaka
CM 30 Pedro Mendes
CM 19 Niko Kranjčar
LM 11 Sulley Muntari
CF 27 Nwankwo Kanu
GK 21 Jamie Ashdown
DF 16 Noé Pamarot
MF 8 Papa Bouba Diop
FW 9 Milan Baroš
FW 10 David Nugent
Harry Redknapp
  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.

Route to the final

Cardiff City Round Portsmouth
Chasetown [NL]

Whittingham 45', Ramsey 60', Parry 73' Third Round Ipswich Town [C]

Nugent 51'
Hereford United [L2]

McNaughton 45', Thompson 67' (pen.) Fourth Round Plymouth Argyle [C]

Diarra 34', Kranjčar 45'
Wolverhampton Wanderers [C]

Whittingham 2', Hasselbaink 11' Fifth Round Preston North End [C]

Carter 90' (o.g.)
Middlesbrough [PL]

Whittingham 9', Johnson 23' Sixth Round Manchester United [PL]

Muntari 78' (pen.)
Barnsley [C]
Wembley Stadiummarker, Londonmarker

Ledley 9' Semi-finals West Bromwich Albion [C]
Wembley Stadiummarker, Londonmarker

Kanu 54'

See also


  1. BBC SPORT | Football | FA Cup | Portsmouth 1-0 Cardiff
  2. Cardiff resigned to losing Ramsay

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